Fireside Chat In Sedona Revisited

“The Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” (Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937)

CURRENT ROAD TRIP OVERVIEW

The following entry describes our recent stay in Sedona, Arizona on days 57-60 of our current spring road trip as well as an edited repost from our Sedona visit from similar dates in 2018. On both visits, our convenient motel setting in nearby Oak Creek offered excellent panoramas of surrounding mountains as well as a multitude of walking trails nearby.

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Desiring to get a closer look at “vortexed” mountains again on our most recent stop off, a late afternoon walk along the three mile, Little Horse Trail would capture the strong positive energy emanating from Courthouse Rock up close then. Seeking additional sources of self enlightenment on this visit, we would slowly settle into Buddhistic solitude at the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park on a remote hillside above the town. We would also make time for our annual stop at  the Center for the New Age Center downtown where we scanned the vast collection of self empowering books and crystals/gemstone collections there. As storms moved through the Sedona area frequently on this visit, we felt content to spend the remainder of our time here enjoying relaxing free time in our motel room. Note that the photographs and video presented below derive from our most recent Sedona visit.

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2018 REPOST OVERVIEW

I take notice here of March 12, 1933 as the date when the first “Fireside Chat” of Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) was nationally broadcast by radio into American living rooms across the country. In this telecast, FDR expressed sincere warmth and concern for the American family at a time of great, economic crisis. It follows that I could imagine him giving a similarly informal speech to amass public support for a “New Deal” plan to protect environmentally endangered lands throughout the country. For the content of his speech, I envision him powerfully sharing with his radio listeners the Sedona setting of mystically red rock mountains as captured in the following video.

FDR SPEECH?

My Friends:
I want to talk to you for a few minutes about a place of extraordinary natural beauty. As I stand amongst the majestic, red rock valley of Sedona Arizona today, I see an impressive work of “Mother Nature” here that should inspire warm thoughts in every American heart. Let me demonstrate why.

First, turn off the volume on your radio. Do you hear the silence? Imagine such a quiet place as I’ve found in Sedona that allows you to clear your mind from confusions of your modern day life. You might savor small events here like a blue bird passing by or a brief rustle of wind. Or you might breathe deeply then and appreciate the purity of the clean air as I have experience. You might gain great positive energy as you gaze wondrously at the crystalline sparkle of a steep mountain ridge as well.

Now imagine you are standing on a sacred soil of our Indian ancestors as I am. You must realize that these Native Americans worshipped the natural beauty of their western homelands in order to survive. Without such spiritual beliefs, how else would they have found food, water, and shelter? They knew no other way.

Gaze out your living room window and picture your yard or nearby street as an aspiring artist would. Would shades of color and nuances of shapes influence your mood then? I want you now to imagine feeling such similar artistries of nature in one’s mind as I do in Sedona today.

The lesson seems clear. Do we take  our land, air, and water for granted? Take notice, my friends that finding greater appreciation of “Mother Nature” is not just your problem to solve but ours together. As your leader, I can reassure you that I will supply the proper machinery to help protect and preserve your country’s precious natural resources. So let us work together and carry on with confidence and courage to carry out our glorious plan.

MY SOURCE

http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5199

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